ODOT Launches State Farm® Sponsorship of Highway Safety Patrol

Program Helps Keep Interstate Traffic Flowing Safely
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is launching the State Farm Safety Patrol. State Farm sponsorship of the former Freeway Service Patrol program offers roadway assistance to motorists in need. The collaboration provides a supplemental funding source for the highly effective traffic management program.
“This new, innovative agreement will allow ODOT to generate sponsorship dollars over several years that we can ultimately use to help build some of the large transportation projects communities throughout the state tell us they want and need,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with State Farm to help keep motorists on Ohio’s highways safe.”
The sponsorship agreement allows ODOT to reduce delays and improve safety for the motoring public without requiring additional tax dollars, while highlighting the State Farm commitment to auto safety. State Farm has committed to sponsor the program for at least four years.
As part of the sponsorship program, all State Farm Safety Patrol vehicles will receive an updated look with enhanced, highly-reflective safety markings to make the vehicles more visible to motorists, especially at night.  The State Farm logo will be added to the State Farm Safety Patrol trucks, on patrol operator uniforms, on State Farm Safety Patrol roadway signage that provides motorists with program information and informs them of the covered routes, as well as on 5-1-1 roadway signage.
In addition to assisting motorists, the State Farm Safety Patrol program helps improve traffic flow and reduces traffic congestion caused by stalled vehicles, while at the same time, providing safety and comfort to those stranded.
State Farm is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. Of the company’s 18,000 agents, 730 are in communities across Ohio.  State Farm is the nation’s and state’s leading automobile insurer, insuring one in five autos in Ohio.
“The State Farm Safety Patrol program underscores the State Farm commitment to auto safety and embodies our ‘good neighbor’ philosophy,” said Susan Krieger, State Farm.  “We are proud to sponsor this important program. It helps people recover from the unexpected, which is the heart of the State Farm mission.”
ODOT’s State Farm Safety Patrol program provides services Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on major interstates in Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron/Canton, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. State Farm Safety Patrol trucks are often the first to arrive at a traffic incident and also provide an array of services to stranded motorists that include: changing flat tires, providing jump starts, adding coolant and fuel. In 2013, ODOT’s Patrol trucks helped more than 90,000 customers.
About ODOT:
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us or
Angie Rinock
, State Farm Media Specialist, 269-384-8561, angie.rinock.i4v5@statefarm.com.